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Raising Library Visibility in Washington

From the District Dispatch:

Today, the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy announced that the organization will immediately begin work on a national public policy agenda and action plan for U.S. libraries with support from a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nearly $1 million in funding over three years will enable the ALA to increase library visibility and build capacity for sustained action on the national level.
The telecommunications, information technology, and content industry interest groups in Washington, D.C., are large and influential in federal policymaking. Advancing library and information policy objectives in this crowded and competitive field has been the founding purpose and driving force behind OITP.

ALA Town Hall on Ebooks

If you care to listen to the American Library Association (ALA) Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks last week,  the archive of the webinar is available to view at your leisure. You may also download the slides.

A summary of the session is available on the American Libraries E-content blog, “ALA Moves Forward in Ebook Arena.” The town hall highlights ALA advocacy during the past two years, focusing on the intensive engagement with the largest book publishers. Future directions for ALA, libraries, and the publishing industry are also discussed. To keep up on future developments, check out the American Libraries E-content Blog—the place for major news and developments on library ebooks and ALA.

Ebook library lending discussion on 10/23/2013

ALA leaders are encouraging librarians  to join the ebook library lending discussion by registering for the American Library Association’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, an interactive online session that will take place from 11 a.m.- noon Central time, Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Online registration is available here.

Advocacy Preconferences at ALA Midwinter Conference

If you are attending the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Dallas in January, check out the advocacy preconferences that are being offered. See the District Dispatch post  for details.

ALA files letter in support of net neutrality & FCC

The American Library Association (ALA) and its allies, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Educause, have sent a letter to members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to share their opposition to any attempts to remove the net neutrality ruling by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).  For a link to the letter, see the District Dispatch posting.  The posting also includes links to written testimony of one hearing and a webcast of the other hearing.

Open Internet, Net Neutrality rules at risk

There is movement in the House to strip the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of its authority over the Internet and repeal the net neutrality rules that protect the Open Internet, possibly using the Congressional Review Act.  Two House Committees will be holding hearings on net neutrality this week:  Energy and Commerce (“Communications and Technology Subcommittee to Examine Network Neutrality and Internet Regulation” and Judiciary (“Ensuring Competition on the Internet: Net Neutrality and Antitrust”).

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is currently working with its allies, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Educause, to submit a letter to the House Energy & Commerce subcommittee members expressing concerns.  In the future, there will be a need for grassroots advocacy.  Updates will be posted, as more details become available.

Here are some sources of additional background information:

Revised Federal Issue Briefs available

The 112th session of Congress will begin on Wednesday, January 5th.  The American Library Association (ALA) has revised the Issue Briefs that provide information on key federal issues that impact libraries.  (These are the same types of briefs that are used for National Library Legislative Day, an annual advocacy event.)  The topics covered are:

  • Access
  • Appropriations for Libraries
  • Broadband & Telecommunications
  • Copyright
  • Government Services & Information
  • How to Use the Washington Office Online
  • Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • School Libraries
  • Surveillance & Privacy

 



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